By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 2, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Taylor Tashjian has committed to continue her basketball career at the University of Mary Washington starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Not many people even knew I had been seriously considering UMW and when I decided to commit and announce it, it was an exciting moment for me,” the 5-foot-10 Tashjian said. “There is a little bit of pressure on the court now, being that I have committed, but it has been making me work harder to remind myself that I need to be on top of my game at all times.”
Tashjian proved her hard work is paying off in Broad Run’s inaugural Maroon & Gold Classic tournament as she put up a near double-double performance in the Spartan’s 1-point loss to John Champe High School on day one of the tournament.
The Lady Spartans are off to an above average start in their 2013-2014 season with a 6-3 record under head coach Sean Gundry. Monday, Jan. 6 marks Broad Runs’ first game in Conference 14 or the Potomac District this season as they face off in Ashburn against Potomac Falls High School.
Tashjian notes that this particular Spartan team – which has only six returning varsity players – has overcome and will continue to overcome obstacles all season.
“The new players have worked just as hard to prove they deserve to be on varsity,” said Tashjian who plays travel basketball for Axiom Elite. “We want to be the team to watch. We have a young team but have had a solid record so far and hope to keep that up as we start district play. I believe if we continue to work as a team and play a consistent 32-minute game, we have a great season ahead of us.”
Like the Spartans, the Division III Mary Washington Eagles have started on the right track in the 2013-2014 season as they are currently 7-2 including a 2-1 record in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Tashjian says she has been hooked on the Eagles program since receiving an open arms welcome from the UMW staff who have made an effort to attend basketball games at Broad Run.
“I know the transition to college ball will physically and mentally be a huge jump, but I like to think I have a strong work ethic,” said Tashjian who will play guard for the Eagles. “I think I will bring a certain energy to Mary Washington. I hope to continue to work the three-point line, as well as being able to work inside in the paint. The coaches at UMW liked the versatility that I have gained over the years and I look to be just as versatile at the college level.”
Tashjian has developed as a basketball player over time, but she was not so sure of her future just a couple years ago.
In early 2012, Tashjian had a major scare when she was in a car accident less than a year after being in another car accident, which knocked her out of basketball for over 10 months. However, her love for the game helped her push through the pain and physical therapy to return to the court.
“I promised myself that I would play until my body physically didn’t let me anymore,” Tashjian said. “I love this game, and any athlete will tell you that the physical pain of playing beats the mental pain of not playing any day.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.